Results from18 December

The Central cyclo-cross event at Berkhampstead run by Awol Velo saw the Welwyn Wheelers youth riders ride well and come away with some good results.

Oli Stockwell won the under 16 boys race with Archie Peet 4th Tom Sharples 5th and Louis Sutton 7th, Ellen Bennett took second place in the girls race.

Callum Moir was 4th in the under 14 event. Finlay Woodliffe celebrated his 10th birthday by finishing 2nd in the under 12 race and now leads the series with one race remaining. Rupert Cavill and Dillon Knott were 3rd and 6th. It is possible that these three under 12 riders can take the top three places in the series. It all depends on the final race at Rockingham.

Henry Landon notched up 2nd spot in the under 10 event with Xavier Knott 5th.

Also on Sunday there was an Eastern League meeting on the East coast near Southwold – Euan Woodliffe finished 3rd in the youth race and was top under 14 rider with Caelen Miller 6th (2nd undr 14), Euan now leads the under 14 series in the East League. Dylan Starkey was 4th in the under 12 race and leads the under 12 series.

On Thursday evening eight Wheelers youth riders were at the Olympic track at Stratford for the winter Track League and scored points in the under 14 and under 16 series.


Christmas Training Sessions

Monday 18th December: 8pm Gosling Gym session – Welwyn Racing Academy members only.

Tuesday 19th December: 7pm – 9pm Cyclo-Cross Training (This particular session will be open to all ages for our Racing Club members)

Wednesday 20th December: No Training Sessions – Gosling Sports Park is closed to the public. Annual Gosling/GLL Staff Communications Day.

Thursday 21st December: 8pm Club Turbo/Roller Session

Saturday 23rd December: 9am – 10.30am – Open Go-Ride Freewheel session for our younger riders.

*9am Christmas Road & Off Road Rides

There will be no Road Bikes on the Track Session.

There will be no Training Sessions during Christmas week, including Saturday 30th December. Our normal Winter Training sessions will recommence with Club Cyclo-Cross Training on Tuesday 2nd January.


From Monday 18th December Parking Charges will apply at Gosling Sports Park.

This is a number plate recognition system and everyone will have to register their car registration number on entry and exit.

*Free parking for the first 3 hours. The parking meters will only accept cashless payments via debit and credit cards, or via contact-less cards. There will not be an option to pay with cash.

Weekend Results

Fantastic ride by Oli stockwell at Bradford

A number of the top club youth riders travelled to Bradford for Round 5 of the National Cyclo-cross series on Sunday. A tough technical course on a cold, bitter day with icy conditions which made it a hard days racing.

Oli Stockwell needed to get a good result to be a contender for the series having lost the yellow jersey in the previous race due to a crash – he got into the leading group in the first lap on a course which included a hard climb on each of the 4 laps – his training and bike handling skills on the CX course at GSP enabled him to cope with the course and dominate the race on Sunday. He attacked and rode away from the field and won on his own with a fantastic ride to regain the yellow jersey with just one race remaining on January 7th at Ipswich. Archie Peet finished 13th and Joe Kiely 15th at Bradford.

Euan Woodliffe, Caelan Miller and Callum Moir rode in the under 14 race with Euan, as series leader, needing to get to the front and mark his nearest challengers. He attacked and was in the leading group on lap 1 but crashed and had to run up the climb and lost contact with the leaders. He was unable to recover from the situation and eventually retired from the race.   A good performance at the final race could still enable Euan to finish in the top three in the series. Caelan Miller finished in 18th place and Callum Moir 39th.

A number of the club riders had planned to go to Hillingdon for the Central League race but the traffic conditions on the A1 and M25 made it difficult for them to get to the event. One rider who did make it – Charles Rollins –won the under 16 race as he lives close to the Hillingdon venue. Dylan Starkey was third and the only club rider in the Eastern League event in Ipswich.


Regional CX Championship

The club riders, coaches, parents and helpers were out in large numbers at  Stanborough Park on Sunday 3rd December for the East and South East regional cyclo-cross Championship to support Susi Sharples, the event organiser.

The course building team were on site at 6-30am and all was ready for race 1 at 10-00.

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First up were the under 10 group of 30 riders on the small course – Xavier Knott was 17 and Daniell Elliot was the second under 8 boy.
Next were the 39 under 12 riders which included 11 club riders – Fin
Woodliffe came in 5th, Rupert Cavill 7th with Dylan Starkey 8th.

The under 16 race on the large course was a triumph for the Wheelers – a 1,2,3 led by Oli Stockwell who won by almost 2 minutes – he was followed in by Joe Kiely and Archie Peet, in addition Tom Sharples was 7th and Louis Sutton 8th.

Another club battle took place in the under 14 cateory – Caelen Miller and Euan Woodliffe were at the head of the race for the whole race with Caelen winning the sprint for the line
by 2 seconds.

Elspeth Grace returned to good form in the Womens race taking second place behind newly crowned world Vets champion Helen Pattinson (Hargroves Ridley). Elspeth was first Junior with a great ride.

In the 40+ race John Cavill had his best result of the season in 17th place with James Robertson 36th in a tough group.

The end of the final race at 2-30 the course was dismantled, all the
equipment packed away as darkness set in. The total number of riders in the various age groups was 370.

Around 30 Wheelers riders competed in the racing plus around 35 parents and helpers covering a wide range of duties as course marshals, recorders, judges etc.

A great team effort and our thanks to all who contributed to the event to make it another successful days racing run by the club


Weekend’s Cyclo-Cross Results

A number of the club youth riders travelled to the Velopark at Gravesend on Sunday for Round 4 of the British Cycling Cyclo-cross series. Prior to the start Oli Stockwell had the leaders yellow jersey for the Under 16 race and Euan Woodliffe was lying second in the under 14 series.

A Beautiful bright sunny day but windy chilly conditions. The organisers had set a technically challenging technical course for the event. There were some challenging and slippery off camber slopes and steep vertical banks sorting out those that could ride and those that had to run. This course suited the club riders thanks to the CX circuit at GSP.

In the under 14 category Euan Woodlife needed to finish in a good position to maintain his position in the top group of four riders all within a few points of each other Euan moved into second place around 15 seconds behind the leader and held this to the finish with a great performance. This put him into a position to challenge for the series leaders Green jersey depending on where the current leader finished. Euan’s clubmate Caelen Millar had a storming race and overtook the series leader in the closing stages to finish in an excellent 5th place thereby enabling Euan to take the leaders jersey.

In the under 16 race, series leader, Oli Stockwell was crashed into in the first lap by another rider which destroyed his rear wheel. He then had to run to the the pit area to collect his spare bike and this dropped him down the field. He fought back to try and rejoin the front of the field with a truly massive effort and finally got back to 5th place with an amazing performance.

Although he lost the leaders yellow jersey he now lies second overall with two more races remaining.

Joe Kiely had an unfortunate incident negotiating the hurdles – he was unable to uncleat, crashed damaging his arm and failed to finish. Tom Sharples, Rizwan Hameed and Louis Sutton all finished.
Jamie Dene was 15th in the junior race in a field of 60 riders.

In the Central League event at Milton Keynes Fin Woodliffe and Rupert Cavill had a 1,2 in the under 12 race with Xavier Knott 5th, Henry Landon second in the under 10

Beth B and Sasha scored a 1,2 in the under 14 girls while Elllen B and Holly Blaxland were 1 and 3 in the under 16 girls category. Richard Blaxland took second place in the Novice race.

In the senior events John Cavill was pleased to get into the top twenty in the 40+ race in 19th spot while Ben Smith was 50th in the Senior race.

In the Eastern League event at Diss – Dylan Starkey second under 12, Daniell Elliot top under 8 rider

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